A day at Snettisham Park

There are many things in life that I pondered when I was growing up. Like what makes one happy? Money? Success? Beauty? Our day at Snettisham Park made me more sure about one thing, that it is none of the above.

There is something about being in the countryside during winter that is so thought provoking and mesmerizing. From the quiet atmosphere and cold climate to the beautiful scenic views. During our time at Norfolk, we discovered a little working farm that was nearby and it came highly recommended by the locals. We felt our little one would enjoy petting the animals that she often smiles ‘wording’ from her storybooks. I managed to convince myself that the 45 minute drive from where we were based was worth the journey, in fact my wife mentioned Kate Middleton brought Prince George there for some time away.

The drive there was ever so wonderful as we passed Cromer and Rutland with its wintry coastal landscape. I have not seen the sea for a while and it brings such delightful childhood memories. My father used to take me to the beach to swim, build sandcastles,  eat as much ice cream as I wanted and often answer all the questions I have regarding the sea. Like why is the sea blue, or why cant we live under water, or what happens if a jelly fish stings you?

When we arrived, we were incredibly pleased at how friendly and helpful the staff were. Right from the moment we rang, to us leaving, they have been nothing short of accommodating. It was a week before half term, and also due to muddy conditions, their deer safari was not open which was unfortunate but there were still plenty to do. Furthermore, the entry fee was only £3 per adult for the main park and we found this very reasonable for the adventure our baby had.

We started off by venturing into the sheep’s and pig’s ‘habitat’ but we met a little friend along the way.

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The smell was fresh of … manure but that didn’t stop our baby from getting oh so excited.

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She never stopped talking and if we could understand her, she was probably asking if we could keep them. She kept making ‘baa’ sounds imitating the animals around her. We did notice though that baby had little interest with the pigs, I personally felt because they were just too quiet and our little one just don’t do quiet.

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After our time with the sheep and pig, we walked out of the barn and met a very loud shepherd dog  chained to his doghouse. We stayed away, as daddy is not a big fan of dogs. We went across, and fed a herd of goats.

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One thing occurred to me when we were feeding them. All goats look old, here’s some teenagers.

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And here is an old goat

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Don’t you agree?

Actually, another thing that occurred to me is that they all have this look like they are full of wisdom. And if lions are considered the king of the animal kingdom, I would say goats are the wizards.

Our last stop before our tea break, was the cow’s barn. Mooooooooo!

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And you could see them calling out to our baby. Cruel as it may sound, when my little darling was enjoying conversing with the cows …

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all I could think about was ‘McDonalds’.

Anyways, we had a lovely pot of tea with some flapjacks at the cozy cafe. They had a little play area for baby too.

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After we warmed up, little one had a play on their ‘tractors’.

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The highlight of our trip here was definitely the finale. It was lambing season and we were invited to bottle feed the lambs. They were so playful,prancing around our feet, nibbling our clothes and boy, they could really drink milk. It took one less than 30 seconds to finish a bottle of milk.

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Baby enjoyed this the most I thought. She probably felt that she was just suddenly blessed with so many friends.

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Absolute joyful experience for the little one, to see her favourite animals come to life from her storybooks. Each little smile just brings so much content and purpose to our lives.

So now, when I look back and at all the times I pondered regarding one’s recipe for happiness, I realized.

That all you need is this :

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Penned by,

The Other Half

Best wishes.

 

 

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mazliza Cumming
    Mar 02, 2016 @ 14:49:57

    What a lovely write up by Eddy! Yes, farms & animals are always a winner with the little ones! Onces she’s a little older she can start feeding the sheep so, cows, horses, etc and enjoy getting her hands licked in the process! Eggs collecting is also so much fun for when she’s much older….

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  2. lizziesomerset
    Mar 02, 2016 @ 22:40:37

    What a lovely day out! I love places like this, so well catered for children. I laughed at your observation about cows and McDonald’s!! Thanks for linking up to #CityCountryLife

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  3. Amy Western
    Mar 03, 2016 @ 11:39:04

    What lovely photos! £3 per adult is a bargain I think! We are taking our three girls to bottle feed the lambs next week, I think this is their favourite time of year on the farm. Lovely to read through your blog #CityCountryLife.

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  4. Anne crofts
    Mar 03, 2016 @ 18:18:52

    We have a season ticket to snettisham park and my grandson loves to go everyday when we are down in our caravan nearby it’s a great day out for big and small

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  5. Becca@keepingupwithejoneses
    Mar 04, 2016 @ 10:51:07

    It looks like you had a beautiful day at the farm, I loved the photos of you feeding the lambs. Thank you so much for linking up to #CityCountryLife xx

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  6. Rosie Hill (@EcoGitesLenault)
    Mar 06, 2016 @ 17:32:04

    What a great day out – that’s one you’ll always remember. #CityCountryLife

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  8. Rosie (@greenrosielife)
    Apr 05, 2016 @ 21:49:27

    I love the fact this is a proper working farm. Thank you so much for adding it to #AnimalTales

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  9. laurakim
    Apr 06, 2016 @ 05:04:40

    What a fun day! Love that photo of the cow trying to get some photo action 🙂

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